The short Independence Day week is in the rearview, but there is a full week of fun ahead, and you can find myriad options for entertaining yourself and your friends in our event listings and Staff Picks.
Here's a cheat sheet for the week ahead:
Monday, July 6
TRIVIA | Why not start the week off with some quality time with friends, challenging your knowledge of all things arcane? Trivia nights at Bon Bon and Jones Radiator and Press all offer plenty of fun, along with some tasty beverages.
Tuesday, July 7
WORDS | Spokane writer, teacher, librarian and small business owner Kris Dinnison celebrates the release of her debut young adult novel, You and Me and Him, with a throwdown at The Bartlett. Read our story about Dinnison right here. The party also includes readings by poet Lauren Gilmore and live music by the Go Man Gos.
LIVE BANDS | Buddy Guy is a straight-up legend, a Rock n Roll Hall of Famer and blues legend whose furious guitar style made him stand out from the crowd right from the start when he cut his teeth in Chicago's scene. Guy is playing The Fox Tuesday night, joined by young cat Quinn Sullivan. Here's a look at Guy and his style:
Wednesday, July 8
LIVE BANDS | Drop by the Wednesday night market at Kendall Yards and get into the Rock the Nest Concert Series, a free batch of tunes this week featuring musicians from the Girls Rock Lab, as well as Windoe, Perenne and the Angela Maria Project.
FILM | The Bing plays host to the Seattle Children's Film Festival Wednesday night, a show that features 17 short films appropriate for kids 5 and older, and able to thrill people of all ages with their creativity and heart. It starts at 7 pm, and is only $5. The program will run again Saturday at 11 am at The Bing.
Thursday, July 9
THEATER | The Stage Left Theater welcomes Empire Theater Company's production of Private Lives, a Noel Coward-penned romantic comedy. Perfect summer fare for the theatrically inclined.
LIVE BANDS | Rocky Votolato's sound has evolved considerably in the past few years. Read our interview with the Seattle songsmith and then consider hitting Votolato's show at The Bartlett, where he'll be joined by Dave Hause and Chris Farren.
Friday, July 10
COMMUNITY | There's nothing quite like seeing a slew of well-dressed bicyclists take to the streets, and by "well-dressed" I mean full prom attire. Head to the Swamp Tavern for the Bike Prom Friday at 8 pm, and be sure to sport your finest if you want to join the ride.
Saturday, July 11
SPORTS & OUTDOORS | The Cheney Rodeo offers a whole lot of rodeo action in the cozy confines of the Bi-Mart Arena. Check it out either Saturday night or Sunday afternoon.